Add these Cincinnati Black events to your calendar.

Cincinnati has an amazing arts community. For a city of our size, we can experience the opera, symphony, ballet, theater, museums, choral music, modern dance and a variety of other art forms. We are also very fortunate that African-American artists routinely display their talents right here in the Queen City.

Be sure to ask about any special deals, discount options, community performances or same-day options. If there are events we have missed, please submit them to The Voice of Black Cincinnati Calendar.


Nelson Mandela

Mandela: The Journey to Ubuntu Exhibit
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
September 1 – January 1, 2019

The exhibit commemorates the life and legacy of former South African President Nelson Mandela and his important role in South Africa’s route to racial equality.


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Cincinnati KingCincinnati King
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
November 3 – December 23

Cincinnati King shines a spotlight on the revolutionary King Records music label and its Queen City roots.



Pictures with Black Santa
Cincinnati Art Museum
December 15

Santa is back from the North Pole and will be greeting children of all ages, reviewing their Christmas lists and taking pictures by the tree for FREE. Arrive early! Santa will only be here from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Parents will have the option to view and download hi-resolution images on The Voice of Black Cincinnati Facebook page.


Gary Owen CincinnatiGary Owen
Taft Theatre
December 15

Gary Owen celebrates his homecoming with a comedy show.


Wild 'n Out CincinnatiWild ‘N Out Live
U.S. Bank Arena
December 22

Get ready for the comedians you see on TV to be right in front of you. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 23 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $60 – $175 and can be purchased online, by calling 1-800-745-3000 or the U.S. Bank Arena Box Office. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Ja Rule CincinnatiJa Rule Concert
January 12

Tickets are $27 and can be purchased online. 4-Pack tickets are available for $21. There is an 8-limit ticket for this event. Doors are scheduled to open at 8 p.m. with the concert beginning at 9 p.m.


Lin Manuel Miranda CincinnatiIn the Heights
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
January 19 – February 17, 2019

Set to a hip-hop and Latin-flavored score and featuring high-energy choreography, In the Heights captures the vibrant spirit of a tight-knit, New York community.



Trevor Noah Loud & Clear Comedy TourTrevor Noah Cincinnati
Aronoff Center
February 1, 2019

The Daily Show host and celebrated comedian is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. Tickets prices range from $39.50 – $95 and can be purchased online, or by calling 513-621-2787. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Hamilton The Musical CincinnatiHamilton
Aronoff Center
February 19 – March 10, 2019

Experience the blends of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B in this musical that everyone has been talking about. Single ticket prices range from $65 – $195 and can be purchased online, or visiting The Aronoff Box Office. There is a maximum purchase limit of four (4) tickets per account for the engagement.


2019 Cincinnati Ques Mardi Gras
Kolping Center
February 23

This year the theme is Wakanda Forever! General tickets for this event are $75 and VIP tickets are $125 and can be purchased online. If you know a Cincinnati Que personally, purchase your ticket from them as soon as possible. 


August Wilson CincinnatiTwo Trains Running
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
March 2 – 30, 2019

Part of the American Century Cycle, this August Wilson Cincinnati premiere paints a compassionate and unforgettable portrait of ordinary people in the midst of transformation.


Nelly concertNelly Concert
BB&T Arena
March 15, 2019

Three-time Grammy award-winning artist, Nelly, will be bringing the heat. This concert was originally scheduled November 2018. Tickets for this event are $22 – $100 and can be purchased online or by calling 1-800-745-3000. 


Boney James Cincinnati concertBoney James Jazz Concert
Taft Theatre
April 17, 2019

Four-time GRAMMY Award nominee and multi-platinum musician Boney James announced his Honestly Tour Spring 2019, named after his latest album. 



Black Violin Cincinnati

Black Violin
Music Hall
April 16, 2019

Hip-hop meets classical violin when nationally-acclaimed band Black Violin makes its much-anticipated return to the Queen City.


Music of Whitney Houston CincinnatiMusic of Whitney Houston
Cincinnati Music Hall
April 23, 2019

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Conductor John Morris Russell present The Music of Whitney Houston.



Cincinnati Music Festival
Paul Brown Stadium
July 25 – 27

Mary J. Blige and Maxwell have just been announced as the headliners. Tamia, Earth Wind and Fire, Kid Capri and more will be hitting the stage. Tickets are not on sale yet, but will be early 2019. 


Porgy and Bess OperaPorgy and Bess Cincinnati
Music Hall
July 27 & 28

For only the second time ever, Cincinnati Opera will present the Gershwins’ great American opera love story Porgy and Bess. Tickets start at $35. Opera subscribers have their own dates of July 20 $ 25.

The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or text VOBC to 797979 for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.


Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. These events are great, but one other important one to add to the list is the Small Business Networking Event on Wednesday April 12th 6pm – 9pm at Full Throttle Indoor Karting. This is a great opportunity for Business owners to Promote their business, Network, Build Relationships, and participate in the Business Go-Karting Challenge. Don’t Miss Out, Get Your Tickets:

  2. Another event to mention is the “HBCU Alumni Day Party Series” which kicks off April 22nd at DJs Sports Tavern from 4-9p. This series is 6 events during a period of 6 months from April to September. The objectives are 1) strengthen the network of HBCU supporters/Alumni in the Cincinnati area. 2) Build positive awareness as it relates to HBCUs. 3) To use some of the proceeds to give back by donating to the schalorship fund of a randomly selected local HBCU Alumni Association.

  3. How nice it is to have information on such a wide diversity of events for the African-American please keep publishing this.

  4. Highlighting the positive flow of black energy through our communities unleashes the music found in the soul!!
    I salute the Voice!!!

  5. I deeply appreciate this media for many reasons, the most important being that it makes a serious attempt to have communication that is relevant to me. The community of Cincinnati is not eclectic in its inclusion of the African American voice; even though we make up approximately 42 precent of the population we have very little choice as ir relates choices of media that connects to our concerns. I thank this publications creators for the refreshing change. Thank you.

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